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Kenton County Public Library

Gateway Community & Technical College partners with the Kenton County Public Library. This guide will give you information on how KCPL can further help a Gateway student's education.

Introduction

Use the TABS TO THE LEFT to get help finding information for your essays. 

You are on the Home Tab now.

The Tutorials Tab has short videos to help you with the research process. 

The Mindtap Tutorials Tab includes a video on Questia. 

The Books Tab includes recommended books on writing.

The Websites Tab offers links to credible websites to help with writing your paper.  You will also find tips on how to evaluate websites.

The Databases Tab has search boxes that connect to the Gateway databases EBSCOhost and Gale. It also includes a guide on Boolean Operators. 

The MLA Citation Tab has a brief overview of MLA citations and website links for additional help.

The Assignment Calculator Tab includes a tool designed to help you keep your assignment on track.

Informative Essay

An informative essay educates your reader on a topic. They can have one of several functions: to define a term, compare and contrast something, analyze data or provide a how-to.

They do not, however, present an opinion or try to persuade your reader.

General Services

Library Tutorials

Here you will find self-paced video and print tutorials on how to find and use the resources available to you through the Gateway Library, as well as how to perform all the proper steps in the research process.

Citation and Style Guides

Here you will find information on how to properly utilize the two citation styles used within Gateway classes, as well as example papers and other related resources.

Contact us!

Go to the link above to find our contact information, a direct link to chat with us during business hours, and several other ways to submit questions. Don't be shy! As as student, asking questions is your job!

Research databases
 
***Adapted from Ashford University***

State your topic

Your topic is the essential idea of your paper. It is usually a few words or a phrase that summarizes the subject of your paper. For your thesis statement, try to make your topic as specific as possible.

State your main idea about this topic

What are you trying to state or prove about your topic? What are you trying to persuade the reader to believe? When stating your opinion, be sure to:

  • express one major ideal
  • name the topic and assert something specific about it
  • take a stance on an issue that you can support with facts and reasons.
  • state your position on or opinion about the issue.

Give a reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give another reason that supports your main idea

Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Give one more reason that supports your main idea

Tell us one reason that supports your opinion. Write your reason as a clear statement. Be sure that you can support this reason with logical facts and evidence.

Include an opposing viewpoint to your main idea, if applicable

A good thesis statement acknowledges that there is always another side to the argument. So, include an opposing viewpoint (a counterargument) to your opinion. Basically, write down what a person who disagrees with your position might say about your topic.



 

Click the button to generate your thesis statement!

 

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
San José State University

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